Sanofi release children’s diabetes app
A new app to encourage children to learn more about how to live with diabetes has been launched.
Mission T1D by Sanofi Diabetes is aimed at children with Type 1 diabetes and their parents and carers.
The free game – available on Apple, android and PC devices – takes place in a school setting and features educational messages adapted for primary school-age children.
As well as the game, there is a supporting educational pack, including game, videos and quiz.
Type 1 diabetes affects 400,000 people in the UK and more than 29,000 are children but figures show 94.2 per cent of infants, children and young people with diabetes do not receive all of the diabetes health checks recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Dr Sheridan Waldron, Specialist Diabetes Dietician, said: “Children with diabetes and their families face many challenges in their daily lives as they care for a very complex life-long condition.
It is essential that children, parents and carers have the knowledge and skills to manage diabetes
“It is essential that children, parents and carers have the knowledge and skills to manage diabetes but they also need their friends, teachers and other people in the school environment to understand and support them to care for their diabetes effectively.
“Sharing information and fostering a caring environment at school will help children with diabetes to feel normal, happy and ensure that they reach their full potential in a safe environment.”
Players make their way through a number of levels by earning points with short, practical and illustrated messages on living with Type 1 diabetes at school. The game also includes a number of educational videos to reinforce key topics.
The game is designed to allow children living with diabetes to share basic knowledge about the condition in their school to dispel any misconceptions.
Rebecca Reeve, Head of Professional Relations at Sanofi Diabetes, said: “As a company, we have entered the diabetes gaming arena to improve health outcomes for children with Type 1 diabetes.
“We are committed to making a difference to the lives of children who are struggling with the challenge of managing diabetes, especially in an environment where they can easily be made to feel different.
“We hope that the teachers, parents and carers for whom this game was developed will make it their mission to make this game a success.”
Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF, said: “Type 1 diabetes is a complex and serious condition. Furthermore, when the facts about Type 1 diabetes are not appreciated and understood, extra pressure is placed upon those living with it. Thankfully, technology can play a big role in broadening awareness and understanding among people of all ages.”